- The more connected we get in this dot.com world
the more we are assaulted with pressure. While at
first we tough it out and "white-knuckle"
our way through, eventually the wear-and-tear takes
its toll. Art has been working with the Hardiness
Institute since 1987, teaching clients the Hardy way
to manage their stress.
Stress Treatment Program - Click
here to access a free online treatment program
to reduce your distress today. Learn three core strategies
and listen to two relaxation audio files that will
immediately calm your nervous system and generate
Many medical conditions create and are exacerbated
by stress. It is critical to understand the role stress
plays in coping with your medical condition. It's
not "all in your head", but your head and
your emotions are what suffers along with the rest
of your body. Through understanding the feedback process
that exists in the Mind/Body connection you can dramatically
reduce the level of suffering you experience.
Being stressed has very real physical consequences.
It can lead to headaches, back aches, poor sleep,
irritability, skin problems, gastrointestinal issues,
and many more physical disorders. It can also exacerbate
health problems such as tinnitus,
chronic pain, asthma, diabetes, and many more. In
addition, being ill can in itself be a stressor and
interfere with our coping ability.
Paradoxically. learning how to de-stress takes some
effort. The more "wound up" you are the
harder it is to learn, because this skill is the exact
opposite of what you instinctively do. The goal is
to learn to turn off the "Fight/Flight"
response. Briefly, this is the mechanism that gives
you instant energy in times of physical danger. Unfortunately,
our bodies can't tell the difference between real
physical danger (a mugger attacking you) and threats
to our ego (criticism from the boss, being overdrawn
on your checking account, etc.) We rarely face actual
physical threats, but stressors of the second type
are constant. This results in what we experience as
First line defenses for Stress are Relaxation, Cognitive
Therapy (changing your self talk and resulting emotions),
and Exercise. If you learn and practice all three
you will be well on your way to managing whatever
physical problems you are experiencing.
When you click on "Relaxation"
you will learn about a procedure that is the first
step in learning how to relax your body and disengage
the fight/flight response. Once you have practiced
this a few times you will be able to tell when you
are tense, and will have a short-cut to releasing
your body from this tension.
Biofeedback is the next step in learning to regulate
your body's response to the demands of life and illness.
You may have heard of yoga masters and magicians who
can slow their breathing and heart rate to one tenth
or less of normal. One way to learn how to manage
your body's mechanisms is through the use of monitors
which display physical conditions such as skin temperature,
heart rate, skin conductivity, etc. You can learn
these skills by visiting a professional who will connect
you to these monitors and teach you the skills necessary
to learn to manage the systems of your body. Call
Dr. Pammenter for more information. Another way is
to purchase a program which will do the same thing
in your home on your computer.
Please click to learn more.
A more comprehensive approach to coping with stress
is learning to develop Eustress, the optimal state
of positive energy and well being. From my experience
with Hardiness Training, an approach that has been
researched for many years and is highly effective,
I have developed a program I call “YouStress”.
This program teaches skills that aid you in becoming
more resilient in the face of high stress environments
and conditions such as chronic illness. Click on "YouStress"
to learn more about this training.
Cognitive Therapy teaches how your self talk can create
and/or alter emotional responses. By learning to tune
into your constant sub-conscious stream of imagery
you will be able to identify incorrect perceptions
and beliefs, altering them to be more accurate, realistic,